Tubal sterilization is a surgical means to prevent conception. Both men and women undergo such sterilization, but the procedure varies due to differences in their bodies. Female tubal sterilization is more common, but its popularity has declined in some western countries due to the wide availability of other contraceptive methods. This form of surgery raises a great many ethical and legal questions, and mental health professionals have some serious concerns. The use of enforced sterilization on mentally ill people in Nazi Germany is one of the historical episodes that make this into a very controversial medical subject.
Since tubal sterilization is irreversible, nobody should go ahead with the operation if they have any doubts. Medical surveys reveal that those under 30 are most likely to regret their tubal sterilization. One of the most common scenarios that trigger regrets occurs when a stable relationship breaks down. The sterilized partner believed their relationship was secure. Now they are unexpectedly on their own and hope to find a new relationship. The fact that they went a tubal sterilization means that nobody who desires to have children will consider them as a partner.
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